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Wisconsin Hunters Targeted in Kettle Moraine State Forest

A father and his son were deer hunting in Kettle Moraine State Forest in Walworth County, Wisconsin. Both were dressed in the appropriate blaze orange for their day in the woods. They saw a man in camouflage in a hunter style face mask. He raised a handgun and shot towards the father/son hunt team. The father thought the man was aiming at them, and had shot close enough to scare him. He raised his .30 caliber rifle and shot back towards the masked gunman.

Michigan Man Brings Home Large Bobcat

Hunting has changed for Ron Edgerly over the last 58 years in the Eastern Upper Peninsula swamps of Michigan. When he was younger he was out there 6 days a week, every day but Sunday. In 1957 Edgerly and a hunting partner bagged 23 bobcats in one season. Now with the changes in DNR regulations, he could never match those numbers but this season he was able to get another record, one for size.

North Little Rock Mayor May Allow Hunting in Town

Last year the town of North Little Rock, Arkansas found their town inundated with geese. The mayor thought allowing hunting would be the best solution to remove the nuisance animals, but that ended up not happening as other means were used to remove the geese. The council had approved the use of firearms on city owned land for the removal.

Minnesota's Inaugural Wolf Season to Be Separate

Minnesota has taken over management of the wolf population in their state. 2012 will be their inaugural season and initial proposals are conservative. Right now the estimated wolf population stands at 3000, and the state would like it down around 1600.

The DNR is planning on holding the wolf season after the regular firearm seasons. Those that are hunting deer, about 180,000 in northern Minnesota, will not be able to shoot wolves when they see them. If the state's wolf population dipped down too far the state would lose the ability to manage them, placing them back on the endangered list. Deer hunters are not very pleased, thinking that with the later season there will be less hunters afield and the wolves will not be managed very efficiently. One ventured to guess that with this later season, less than a 100 wolves would be harvested.

Bear Hunting May Come to Connecticut

In 1840 hunting for black bears ended in Connecticut. The habitat bears prefer was cleared in order to make way for farms and residences. Bears would not be seen in the state again until the 1980s when they ventured down from northern states into Connecticut. The rapidly expanding bear population, has caused an increase in complaints and damage to property and livestock. The growing population has wildlife officials considering a black bear hunt.

Idaho Wolf Harvest Up

Idaho's last wolf season was in 2009, and 181 wolves were harvested. So far with no quota in the current season, 197 wolves have been killed.

Is it because of the no quota or is it because there are more wolves? A lot of hunters are reporting killing the wolves in areas where Fish and Game didn't even know packs of wolves existed.

Wolf trapping is allowed for the first time in Idaho — but that alone doesn't explain for the increase, says Jim Hayden. He's the Fish and Game regional manager for the Idaho panhandle.

Think About Fido When Hunting in the Cold

Hunters can bundle up and take precautions to ward off the cold weather while afield. Dogs however rely solely on their human companions. While outdoors this winter season make sure you help Fido out.

Deicers are used this time of the year on the road, so getting Fido some booties for his paws would be good to keep the chemicals from his pads or washing off his feet with warm water and applying some antiseptic after a day running afield. Washing them before Fido is able to lick them will help deter ingesting any of the chemicals used for deicing. Also dogs can get clumps of ice between their toes which can make them limp. Checking for the ice buildup periodically will help make the day longer. Older dogs may have arthiritis flare ups in the extreme cold. If your dog starts limping or has tender areas, a vet visit might be needed.

Hunters For the Hungry Hoping for Increase in Donations

Hunters for the Hungry is a charity that accepts deer donations from hunters and with the help of meat processors, fill food banks with healthy food. Deer is excellent meat, lean and high in protein.

In 2010, the organization reached their highest donation of 408,000 pounds. They were hoping for 400,000 pounds this year. This is the first year since they started in the early 90s that they won't be growing with donations. They have seen about a 25% loss of donations, which is equal to about 100,000 lbs.

Arizona Deer Hunters Find Pot Stash

Pierre Mondotte and Anthony Piazza of Scottsdale were tracking a deer near Sasabe Arizona. They split up to go around a mountain to follow the deer. Mondotte spotted something that he thought was a body. After closer inspection they found it was burlap covering a pile of tin foil wrapped marijuana.

Deal on Elk Property in Utah

A 3,800 acre ranch, with a massive 11,000-square-foot lodge that includes 13 bedrooms and a 50 head bull elk herd, finds itself affected by the economy. The bank now owns Tabby Mountain Ranch after the original owners facing bankruptcy lost it.

The loss of this lodge shows the affects from the economy's downturn, and that hunters are not willing to pay thousands for the trophy bull elk hunts any more.

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